Comments on: Premier League season needs a grand finale http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/ World Soccer views and news Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:27:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: apeterson http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-355748 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 09:17:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-355748 I am a big football fanatic and i never missed the EPL indeed there are some favorite sports stars in the teams We have possibly the most exciting league in the world, granted Spain now has messi, ronaldo, ibrahimovic and kaka but these players are only in 2 teams which will no doubt make there league even more predictable than the EPL

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By: brisbane soccer http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-354876 Wed, 26 May 2010 23:50:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-354876 :-)

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By: Arsene Wenger http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-347017 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:45:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-347017 Stop writing blogs if you have no idea about the league or the sport. I wish like many other things ‘I didn’t see this’. If the author doesn’t get the pun then he is ignorant.

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By: Adam K http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346837 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 09:44:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346837 ruckrover – there are more than 5 times the amount of people in the USA and nowhere near as many teams playing American Football. That’s because if you look at London, there are: Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Leyton Orient, Brentford and Chartlon, as well as a load more below the top 4 divisions and those outlying such as Watford, Wycome and Luton. Manchester have Man City and Man United, Liverpool and Everton (and Tranmere), Birmingham, West Brom, and Aston Villa. There are 92 teams in the Football League. Below that is the Blue Square Premier, then the Conference North & Conference South, followed bya whole host of other leagues.In Football, the Championship (English 2nd teir) had the 5th best attendence of any European league last year, after the Bundesliga, the EPL, La Liga and Serie A, sometimes being MORE than Serie A. We see crowds of 20k+ in Leage 1 (3rd teir) at several games. Aussie Rules is also limited in the number of clubs – if we trimmed down our league structure in-line with the NFL or Aussie Rules, we’d need every club to hae Old Trafford at very least – you’d probably get 120k to the top games every week. Old tafford sells out 75k, the Emerites 60k, and there are rarely any seats available at most EPL grounds. It has nothing to do with ‘exciting’ and everything to do with choice.

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By: Love it or leave it http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346816 Sat, 15 Aug 2009 15:05:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346816 Mercifully, no such thing will happen Julian. Only one soccer league in the world operates on such a competition format, the MLS of course. I think most people in Europe who follow the EPL would resent the mere thought of fixing something that’s not broken just to fit your bill and accomodate your mindset. If you are tired of McDonalds go to Pizza Hut and if you don’t like the EPL as it is, switch to MLS soccer, they have a “great” competition format in which the second-bottom team from one of the conferences won the title last year, I think. We have no ambition of restructuring the “fantastic” competition format of either Aussie rules or the NFL, where a team with an under 50 percent record in the regular season can actually win the title. This is widely seen as absolutely ludicrous among football fans in Europe and for good reason too.

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By: ruckrover http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346811 Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:01:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346811 The American NFL and the Australian AFL have the largest crowds per match (only the Bundesliga in Germany is around the same).Given Australia’s population and Aussie Rules being a sport of mainly that one nation (though increasing internationally of late) – that is quite an achievement. Partly it is due to the sudden death playoffs. Partly it is because the game is so full of action it is good entertainment.Many Aussies play Soccer but would prefer to spectate at a game of Aussie Rules.

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By: Isat Feg http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346803 Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:53:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346803 I am sick of journalists (who need to fill space) trying to write down the premiership based on a supposed predictability. What is so wrong in the strongest, most consistent winning? This often happens everywhere in football leagues across the world!Until last season, Lyon were seven times Champions of France, wasn’t that a predictable league? Inter have been Champions for 3-4 seasons in Italy and it usually revolves around Juventus, Milan and maybe Roma as champions. In Egypt it is about Al Ahly or Zamalek.It is down to who is better organised and has the best team at a particular period.The final winner is important but in football (domestic leagues) the thrill is based on the games at hand. Fans are excited about what’s going to happen in the next game.Spurs vs Liverpool who is going to win? On the day Spurs may win but Liverpool may end up Champions. That’s one of the things we enjoy about the premiership – not just who wins at the end.If that’s your problem, watch another competition for the next nine months and come back to see who are champions!And if the premiership had really lost taste, it would not be growing in interest around the world as it is.Watch the link below to see how it influences lives in far remote places like Sierra Leone…I bet for all the super bowls and “world series” there are few mini-buses in African villages called Giants because their league has a play-off!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= Oj7mSj2VYwk

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By: folarin ayo http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346794 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:13:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346794 see you

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By: folarin ayo http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346793 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:10:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346793 i lov chelsea is my main club

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By: patrick http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/2009/08/14/premier-league-season-needs-a-grand-finale/comment-page-1/#comment-346792 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 15:43:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/soccer/?p=14007#comment-346792 Neat idea, but the writers unfamiliarity with the Premier League, or English football in general, annoyingly glares through.How would the EPL restructure if such a plan were put into play? Currently, each team plays the other 19 twice: once at home and once away. The EPL already had to chop itself down from 24 to the current 20 teams because UEFA said the league was too big and the season was too long. Wouls there be two divisions of 10 teams each? How many teams would make the proposed ‘playoffs’?HOW WOULD RELEGATION WORK? One of the greatest points of the English league structure, which is similar in most European football leagues, is the possibility that a team in a lower division can work hard and move up to the higher division. Would the team with the worst regular season records be dropped down? Possible, but it does not make sense.And the largest point that has not been made yet, THERE ARE ALREADY TWO PLAYOFF TOURNAMENTS in England, and two others in Europe (UEFA CL and UEFA Europa League) that teams compete in. The FA Cup is the oldest still-running football competition in the world. This is structured, more or less, similar to the playoff system that would likely be proposed. If the league were to move to a playoff system, the FA Cup would be pushed even further down the tier and teams would focus even less on this competition. And we have not even talked about the League Cup.Now understand, I am (1) not English, and (2) not in any position to say what should or should not be, beyond the fact that I have been in love with football my entire life, and with the English game in particular, for 17 years. It seems to me that any restructuring would be only be a move to ‘Americanize’ a game that bored, attention-deprived yankees could understand.But it really is simple. Just as was stated here already, and an uncountable number of times when this discussion has been posed before, the Premier League title is won by the most consistent team for the entire 38 game season. The FA Cup is arranged with a tournament system in mind. The winners of these two competitions even face each other every August (the weekend before the start of the the Premier League campaign) as the Charity/Community Shield.If you want more drama, watch a soap opera. If you need it with your sports, get it where you please, but please, leave the real, original football out of the silly arrangements that are only meant to take even more money from the already over-spent die-hards. So Julian, please do your research please, and stick to cricket or rugby or swimming or Aussie Rules and leave the Premier League alone.

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